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SIMON NIBLETT


photography and film – including two Olympics at Barcelona and Alberville. He impressed The US television network ESPn with his ability to ski downhill carrying a camera and thus filmed plenty of skiing action for their channel. Simon is still a very keen skier – a passion he shares with his wife Sally, who he met at the Alpine ski resort Val d’Isere. For many years Simon was based in London, where he had a studio in Battersea. His career strengthened and he had many interesting jobs, including working for the commercial production company who created the infamous Tango drinks ads. Ten years ago, with his wife Sally


and four children, he decided to move out of London and head to new Zealand. After having second thoughts they headed to Dartmouth instead. ‘We had friends at the Gunfield


Hotel in Dartmouth and had always loved it down here so decided to give it a whirl. We bought the


Sunday Times ‘House of the Week’ in Dartmouth and started living the dream!’


The family moved out to


Blackawton to a ‘fixer upper’ four years ago – now a stunning place with workshop and outdoor pool, which Simon installed himself. His career has always meant long


spells away from home and for many years Simon has spent around 30 weeks a year out of the country on TV and film contracts. He has been on world tours with the band Take That and former member Robbie Williams, to create feature length documentaries and aerial stadium footage. Despite their fame and lead


singer Gary Barlow’s appearances as a judge on ITV’s X Factor, Simon’s children are hilariously nonplussed with his Take That friends! Their mum Sally explained that they would be far more impressed with their dad photographing the Totnesian singer Ben Howard instead.


Simon’s love of the technical side of photography is evident in his passion for ‘drones’ – propeller driven craft that can hold cameras for cinema quality aerial shots. These drones save money on


pricey helicopter flights and, by focussing on developing these in his workshop, Simon plans to spend more time at home with his family and less time out on location. He is presently working on one with 12 propellers, and a waterproof and super wind resistant one too. I caught up with this extremely


busy guy just before he was off to the US for a shoot with Chanel in the ‘crazy world of fashion’. This world didn’t seem to fit in with the outdoorsy rugged life he usually leads and he finished our interview laughing that, when they meet him, the fashionistas often ‘look at me and think I’m either hugely bourgeois or homeless!’ • interview by Kate Cotton


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